Pleasance Courtyard

Chats at the Fringe - Brennan Reece

Brennan was kind enough to take show me a couple of his favourite spots in Edinburgh whilst we talked about his show, and his previous experiences of the Fringe. 

Outside of our interview, I took a trip up Scott's Monument at his insistence, and during the interview Brennan explains why, along with the other two places we went, the monument is a 'must do'! 

The Darkness of Robins, John Robins. Pleasance Courtyard. ****

John Robins

John Robins has had a pretty bad year. His long term girlfriend has dumped him and he’s now living alone (at the self named Grief Mansions), contemplating his increasingly bleak future. It’s the perfect setting for his trademark sarcasm, and this year’s show delves into a kind of self loathing that is both cringeworthy and evocative of sympathy.

Everlong, Brennan Reece. Pleasance Courtyard. *****

Poster

These days it’s so easy to take a look at a flyer, or see a ten minute set on TV and pigeonhole a comedian into a certain category. I say this because with Brennan Reece, a young comedian from Manchester whose debut hour last year ‘Everglow’, caused a stir and landed him a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year’s fringe; is most definitely not what you expect.

Indeed, Tom Allen ****

Tom Allen

There is something inherently likeable about Tom Allen and it doesn't surprise me to find him greeting his audience pre-show, immaculately dressed bringing a sense of formality to proceedings which singles him out from the majority of his peers.

Reset, James Acaster *****

James Acaster

Set within the framework of having to enter witness protection following a scam involving buying and selling honey to a supermarket going wrong, James Acaster’s “Reset” examines what our lives might be like if we could start afresh. With 4 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations for Best Show under his belt, could this year finally see the big win?